Budge-Proof Makeup for Labor + Delivery

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After having Karoline, I got a ton of DMs about how I looked after delivery.  Yes, I had a full face of makeup on. And y’all loved it.haha I’ve never understand the mom-shaming that goes along with getting “ready” for delivery.  When I look put together, I feel better. And I don’t want to waste time afterwards putting my makeup on before everyone arrives when I could be holding my baby.

When I had Kane, I took time to put my makeup on after I got my epidural because I wanted to look nice for pictures after delivery.  Think about it–delivering your child is one of the most important days of your life.  There will be tons of pictures taken afterwords that your whole family will look back on for years to come. Why shouldn’t you look your best if you want to have your makeup on and your hair done? Disclaimer: I’m not saying you have to do either of those things. It totally comes down to personal choice and how you feel. 

So of course I took time before Karoline’s arrival to put my makeup on. I kept setting off the alarm on my IV, though, because I was bending my arm. One of the nurses came in to turn the alarm off, and asked why I was doing my makeup when it was just going to come off during delivery.  I looked at her and told her not to worry, it wasn’t budging.haha The other nurse with her looked at me as I was applying my LipSense and asked if it was Lipsense.  When I told her it was, she looked at the first nurse and was like, “Don’t worry! It’s really not going anywhere!”

Since I got so many DMs, I wanted to share what I used to get budge-proof makeup for labor and delivery. This makeup stayed in place through lots of tears and was even still on the morning after.


Primer: Make Up For Ever (Natural Finish travel size)

Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Undereye Illumination

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Eye Shadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow: Too Faced White Peach Palette

Eye Liner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous X Fiber Waterproof Mascara + IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

There’s a trick to this mascara combo. First, do 2 coats of side 1 of the L’Oréal mascara, which is a primer. Let dry in-between coats. Then, do 2 costs of the IT Cosmetics mascara. Since that mascara isn’t waterproof, top with side 2 of the L’Oréal mascara, making sure to coat both sides of your lashes.

Blush + Highlighter: Sephora Holographic Face and Cheek Palette

Bronzer: Sephora Colorful Face Powders in Los Cabos (full size on clearance for $7–Fiji is super close in color)

Lip color: Lip Sense in Be Mine + Glossy Gloss

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (mini size)

This makeup lineup was perfect for me for labor and delivery. The key is to look for waterproof, smudge proof, and/or long wear (12 hr+) products.  Using primers and a setting spray are also important, as this will lock in your look.

PS—if you use LipSense, not only will it stay put, but you can also kiss your new baby without fear of getting lipstick all over it.

Did you wear makeup for labor and delivery???

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 3.18.18
    Whitney Jordan said:

    You look lovely! I did the same thing. Freshen up and deliver that baby 🙂 I just knew I’d feel my best if I’d taken some time to pull myself together. I’m with you 100% It really is one of the most important days of your life!

  2. 3.19.18
    Dara said:

    I looked horrible in all of my post delivery pictures. I felt that way too! Thank you for the makeup advice here as I need it for my every day makeup use!

  3. 3.19.18

    I totally get it! Love your reasoning behind wearing makeup for such an important day. This is a great post!

  4. 3.21.18

    This is totally going to be me whenever I have kids. No way in hell is a camera going near me without me having my makeup on lol